Grammy Awards postponed due to coronavirus surge in Los Angeles: Reports

A 2017 photo shows Beyonce posing with her Grammy trophies after the awards ceremony. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The Grammy Awards ceremony that was set for Jan 31 has been postponed because of the coronavirus surge in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone magazine and Variety reported on Tuesday (Jan 5).

The two outlets cited multiple sources as saying the ceremony to present the highest awards in the music industry may take place in March.

The Recording Academy, which organises the Grammys, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Los Angeles is experiencing a spike in coronavirus deaths and hospital admissions, while gyms, hair salons and restaurants have been shut down and residents urged to stay at home as much as possible.

Grammy organisers said late last year they were seeking to change the way the annual show was held, doing without audiences and the traditional red carpet.

They also said they were looking at staging some performances in small outdoor venues rather than the large indoor Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Oscars ceremony was moved last year to April from late February because of the pandemic.

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